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From Benjamin <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] conditional listen???
Date Tue, 15 Mar 2005 15:09:07 GMT
oopps !!!
i sure was confused.

but somehow.. it did seem to work.. i wonder how.
If i specify the path of the script both in httpd.conf and with the -D 
option.. it did work.

Neway.. thanx again for the help.

Joshua Slive wrote:

>On Tue, 15 Mar 2005 14:59:38 +0530, Benjamin <> wrote:
>> Wot is the default directory into which this IfDefine directive will look
>>for the said script.
>> I tried all combinations under /home/user/apache/ , /home/user/apache/conf,
>>/home/user/apache/bin/ or the directory from where I call httpd.
>> the directive inside httpd.conf looks somethign like this:
>> <IfDefine IPAvailable> Listen </IfDefine> Unless i specify
>>the complete path in the IfDefine like : <IfDefine
>>/home/user/apache/IPavailable> Listen </IfDefine> and also
>>along with the -D option for httpd ie. httpd -D
>>/home/user/apache/IPavailable it duz not seem to work. Shud the script be
>>under the ServerRoot , which is /home/user/apache/ for me. 
>I think you are a little confused.
>You need to write a script that checks to see whether the IP address
>is available.  Then at the end of this script, you start apache as
>follows (using pseudo-code):
>if the IP address is available
>  apachectl -D IPavailable
>  apachectl
>The <IfDefine IPavailable> block does not run a script.  It simply
>checks to see whether a particular variable (IPavailable) was passed
>on the command line when apache was started.  It is your
>responsibility to pass that variable conditional on the availability
>of the IP address.
>The official User-To-User support forum of the Apache HTTP Server Project.
>See <URL:> for more info.
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Benjamin Jacob.

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